German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and gard "enclosure". Saint Hildegard was a 12th-century mystic from Bingen in Germany who was famous for her writings and poetry and also for her prophetic visions. Hildegard originates in Germanic languages and means "protecting against battle". This was the name of a 12th century saint, Hildegard of Bingen. As a feminine given name Hildegard is very rare in the United States.